Brandon Jay McLaren

Brandon Jay McLaren
McLaren in 2012
BornOctober 15, 1980 (age 40)
Years active2002-present
Miekka Tennent
(div. 2014)

Brandon Jay McLaren (born c. 1980) is a Canadian actor. He made his first screen appearance in the television series Just Cause (2002). He has been known for his main and supporting roles in shows such as Graceland, Power Rangers S.P.D., Ransom, Harper's Island, and Slasher. He has also had roles in the feature films She's the Man, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, and Dead Before Dawn.

In 2005, he gained prominence with the main role of Jack Landors a.k.a. Red SPD Ranger in Power Rangers S.P.D.. Since then, he has had a variety of roles in several films and television series.


Early life

McLaren was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Ira and Denise McLaren. He graduated from Johnston Heights Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, and received a bachelor's degree in Human Biology from the State University of New York at Albany.[citation needed]


McLaren was a guest star in the episode "Bloodlines" of Blade: The Series and was featured throughout the first season of The N original television series The Best Years as Devon Sylver, the love interest of lead character Samantha Best.[1] He is also well-known to Canadian audiences for his role of Lenin, Sam's love interest, in the popular show Being Erica,[2] and he portrayed Jamil Dexter as a recurring role on TNT's Falling Skies.[3] He also starred as U.S. Customs agent Dale Jakes on Graceland,[4] Marco on Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce,[5] Danny Booker on Chicago Fire[6] and Bennet Ahmed on The Killing.[7]


McLaren was awarded the Golden Maple Award for Best Actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. in 2015, for his role on Graceland.[8]



Year Film Role Notes
2002 D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear Eye Witness
2003 Have You Heard? Secret Central Eddie Edwards
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Skater Dude #2
2004 Perfect Romance Rude student
2006 She's the Man Toby
2007 Scar Howard
2008 Love Sick/The Secrets of a Sex Addict Gabriel
2008 Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon Rice
2007 Hybrid Ash
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Brandon Turner
2009 Sea Beast Drew
2010 Ratko: The Dictator's Son Juwaan
2010 Hard Ride to Hell Dirk
2011 Tucker & Dale vs Evil Jason
2012 Dead Before Dawn Ricky "Dazzle" Darlington
2013 Plush Butch Hopkins
2013 Seasick Sailor Big Guy Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Just Cause Himself Episode: "Blackboard Jungle"
2003 The Chris Isaak Show Clerk Episode: "The Little Mermaid"
2004 Smallville Delivery Man Episode: "Covenant"
2004 The Collector Posse Member #1 Episode: "The Rapper"
2004 The Days Trey Morgan 5 episodes
2005 Power Rangers S.P.D. Jack Landors/Red SPD Ranger 38 episodes
2006 Reunion Anthony Marjorino Episode: "1992"
2006 Smallville Yance Episode: "Fallout"
2006 Blade: The Series Member of the Bad Bloods Episode: "Bloodlines"
2007 The Best Years Devon Sylver Main character; Season 1
2008 Harper's Island Danny Brooks 13 episodes
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Anthony Samuels Episode: "The Lost Girl"
2010 Human Target Omar
2010 Being Erica Lenin 13 episodes
2011 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Major Mayhem Episode: "Game Over"
2011 Three Inches Macklin Sportello Episode: "Pilot"
2011–2012 The Killing Bennett Ahmed 12 episodes
2012 Falling Skies Jamil Dexter 6 episodes
2013–2015 Graceland Dale Jakes Main role
2015 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Marco 7 episodes
2015 Motive Lee Ward Episode: "The Suicide Tree"
2016 Slasher Dylan Bennett Main role (Season 1; 8 episodes)
2016 Chicago Fire Danny Booker Episode: "Bad for the Soul", "Two Ts", "I Will Be Walking"
2017 Criminal Minds Adrian Scott Episode: "Blue Angel"
2017–2019 Ransom Oliver Yates Main role
2018 UnREAL Dr. Simon Recurring role
2020 The Twilight Zone Frisch Episode: "8"
2021 Firefly Lane Travis 9 episodes
2021 Turner & Hooch Xavier Walkins Upcoming series


  1. ^ "The N's The Best Years Tackles the Hottest Topics" . 29 June 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Being Erica Brandon Jay McLaren dishes on Lenin in Season 4" . Screener. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  3. ^ Eramo, Steve (2 August 2012). "The Road to Resistance: Interview with Falling Skies' Brandon Jay McLaren" . The Morton Report. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Brandon Jay McLaren Talks Graceland Season 3" . Collider. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  5. ^ "'Graceland's' Brandon Jay McLaren Books Recurring Role on 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce' (Exclusive)" . TheWrap. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (20 January 2016). "'Chicago Fire' Casts Brandon Jay McLaren; 'Devious Maids' Adds Ryan McPartlin" . Deadline. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  7. ^ "'The Killing' Star Brandon Jay McLaren on Playing Bennet Ahmed" . Screen Rant. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  8. ^ Levine, Sydney. "Golden Maple Awards'15 Winners Include Brandon Jay McLaren and Amanda Crew | IndieWire" . Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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Categories: 1980 births | Black Canadian male actors | Canadian male film actors | Canadian people of Grenadian descent | Canadian people of Trinidad and Tobago descent | Canadian male television actors | Living people | Male actors from Vancouver | University at Albany, SUNY alumni

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